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Charles H. Heaslip Jr.

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REHOBOTH, Mass. -- Charles H. Heaslip Jr., 87, of Nichols Street, formerly of Seba Kent Road, Pawtucket, R.I. and Bennington, Vt., a retired textile vice president, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003 at the Evergreen House Health Center in East Providence, R.I.

He was the husband of the late Nancy M. (Jepson) Heaslip. Born in Bennington, he was a son of the late Charles H. Sr. and Anna Mae (Fitzgerald) Heaslip.

Mr. Heaslip was a graduate of Bennington High School and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. Mr. Heaslip resided in Rehoboth since 1997, previously living in Pawtucket for 50 years.

Mr. Heaslip was a management employee of EZ Mills, Bennington, from 1935 to 1944.

In 1945, he joined the former Standard Romper Company, Central Falls, R.I., as superintendent of knit garment sewing. He became manager of the knitting plant in 1951. In 1971, the company went public and changed its name to Health-Tex, Inc. He became the director of the knit goods operation in Cumberland, R.I. and Cowpens, S.C.

In 1975, the company was acquired by Cheeseborough Ponds and he retired as vice president in 1981.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Seekonk, and was previously a communicant of the Church of St. Leo the Great, Pawtucket, for 46 years.

He was active for many years in the Southeast New England United Way and was a member of the budget and allocation committee. He was a member of the Southeast Textile Association; former secretary of the Pawtucket Regional Catholic School Board; former chairman of St. Leo the Great School Board; former member of St. Leo’s Senior Citizens and was a past president of the Diocesan Guild of St. Paul at the Cathedral of SS Peter & Paul, Providence.

He leaves two sons, Alan C. Heaslip of Boston, and Gary E. Heaslip of Rehoboth; one sister, Virginia Shea of Bennington; three grandchildren, Lisa J. Heaslip, Jillian M. Heaslip and Bradley E. Heaslip, all of Rehoboth; several nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late George Heaslip, John Heaslip and Lisabeth Cole. The funeral will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 9 a.m. from William W. Tripp Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, R.I., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Leo the Great, 699 Central Ave., Pawtucket. Burial will follow in the family lot at Mt. St. Mary Cemetery, East Providence.

Visitation at the funeral home will be held Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. If desired, gifts may be made to St. Leo’s School, 697 Central Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02861.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 11, 2003
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